Wednesday, September 28, 2011

MyMemories Suite Winner

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Yes, you may go ahead and lecture me now. I forgot to announce the winner of the MyMemories digital software suite!!! I'm such a let-down!


So, you have my apologies, and, without further ado, I will also provide you with the winner.


Random.org chose (drumroll please....)


MarieElizabeth!


Congratulations! Please e-mail me, and I will send your download code and instructions. You'll be doing some awesome digital scrapbooking in no time!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Big Butterfly With Blue On It ~ Camera-Critters #181

***I'm having a giveaway of MyMemories Scrapbook Software Suite!!! Enter NOW!***

When preparing to create this week's Camera-Critters post, it suddenly dawned on me that I never showed you photos of "the big butterfly with blue on it" that I was photographing (per my secretary's orders) when I saw the Hummingbird Moth.

Well, what kind of blogger would I be to promise you photos and then not deliver? I guess I just got all wrapped up with the other critters which showed up at work, such as the Walking Stick. Don't let it be said that I promise photos and don't follow through. I present to you "the big butterfly with blue on it", also known as a female Tiger Swallowtail of the Black Variety.

She really is beautiful and deserves her own blog feature,
don't ya think?

(c) Misty DawnS

My secretary especially like this photo.
So, I had to include it, since she's responsible
for my photographing such beauty.
(c) Misty DawnS

To join in this fun photo meme, which is all about critters,
click on the badge.
Meanwhile, I'm gonna take myself and my sinus/ear infection
and take a nap! No Energy subwoofer speaker dealer for me for a little while - my head is swishing
and swashing, as it is.


Once Upon a Time...

(c) Misty DawnS


I've really been slacking on updating my blog during the past few weeks. I keep telling myself that I'm going to work on revamping my blog on the weekends, but then the weekend comes, the weather is great, and I decide to spend my time enjoying the outdoors while we still have some nice days. *sigh* I'm such a slacker. ;-)


Why yes... I DID say "revamping" my blog. Thanks for noticing.


There are going to be some big changes, and I think that you'll really like them. Speaking of really liking things...


I was delighted and honored when the Fairy Hobmother visited me recently and so generously complimented me on my photography and blog! After reading that I was sponsoring a photography contest for this month, the Fairy Hobmother decided to help me out with a $50 Amazon give certificate!


So... tell me... if you were to be visited by the Fairy Hobmother and presented with a $50 amazon gift certificate... what would you use it for? What's on your Amazon wish list???


Seriously... sharing your wish with me might just get YOU a visit from the very generous Fairy Hobmother!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Digital Scrapbook Software Giveaway

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About My Memories Suite software: "An award winning digital scrapbook software that is extremely easy and fun to use. My Memories Suite is rated #1 by Amazon and TopTen Reviews. Using this software, anyone can create digital scrapbooks, photobooks, cards, calendars and gifts without having to buy expensive and complicated software programs."

I've got an awesome (and really fun) giveaway for you! I have been given the wonderful opportunity to give away the entire My Memories Suite scrapbook software to one of my lucky readers! I'm very excited to have this giveaway, as I've been interested in digital scrapbooking for some time now.

Disclaimer to my readers though - THIS IS ADDICTING! It is SO much fun to create scrapbook pages with My Memories Suite that you may find yourself giddy with all the possibilities!

I was also provided with the software suite for free so that I would be knowledgeable about the product I am promoting and giving a way. Oh yes... it's loads of fun, and I am excited about the albums I will be creating. Here's a page I created using one of the photos of the Little Big Town concert Hubs and I attended Thursday night...


Isn't that cool?!?!

You can use their templates, or you can create your own. You can also download templates from the MyMemories website. The creative possibilities are endless!

So... here's the nitty gritty... the low down... the scoop... the fine print...

Who: ANYONE can enter

How: To enter, visit the My Memories website and then come back here and leave a comment telling me which is your favorite paper pack or layout. DON'T FORGET to make sure you leave a valid e-mail address for me to contact you if you win. If you don't have a blog/website, you can still enter - just leave your name and e-mail address along with your comment.

If you do a blog post, Twitter tweet, or Facebook status update about this giveaway, you can get an extra entry for each that you do. Make sure you leave a separate comment and link for each entry you complete.

Also, if you follow My Memories on any of the following links, you can get an extra entry for each that you do. Again - make sure you leave a separate comment and link for each entry you complete.

My Memories Blog
My Memories Facebook
My Memories Twitter

When: The giveaway will close at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 24, 2011 CST.

Then What: A winner will be chosen randomly and announced on Sunday, September 25, 2011. The winner will then be provided with instructions and code for downloading the software!

(An After Thought - I don't offer extra entries for subscribing to my feed. I want people to subscribe to my feed because they like my blog and want to come back regularly, not because they are trying to win a contest. However, I do encourage you to visit awhile and check out a few more of my posts. If you like what you see, I'd be honored to have you subscribe and visit again. Thank you!)

Oh, and for those of you who just can't wait and want the software now... You can save $10 on the Memory Suite v2 software! Just use the code STMMMS4804!!!

Red-Eyed Man ~ Camera-Critters #180

Another "lifer" for me!
I had never seen nor photographed a male Meadowhawk dragonfly.
I had, however, photographed a female Variegated Meadowhawk.

Well, last weekend, while at the pond (shocking, I know),
I saw a red dragonfly, and I immediately knew what it was.
We played a game of Tease...
it's kinda like "Tag", but the dragonfly is always it,
and lets you get just close enough to lift your camera
and then it flies away.

We played Tease for quite a while.
Then, finally, it let me have my wish...


Male Yellow-Legged Meadowhawk
(c) Misty DawnS


Look at those eyes!!!
(c) Misty DawnS

To join this fun meme, click on the badge!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Thistle Sunrise

(c) Misty DawnS


Friday, September 9, 2011

Stay PUT! ~ Camera-Critters #179

(c) Misty DawnS

My very special friend (and country blogger) Susan claims that I am good at 'sneaking up on wildlife'. Well, I may be good at sneaking up on the critters, but I have also had experiences where they have come to or made themselves known to me.

The above photo is an example of this. I was back at the pond (surprise, surprise), and I decided to photograph a frog, who had been hanging out with me the whole time I had been fishing. While I was standing to photograph the frog, I heard this 'huffing' noise, which I've come to know very well, because I've heard it on previous occasions. So, I thought, "I know what that is." and I kept the camera to my eye as I slowly turned to photograph the maker of the noise.

The Whitetail doe continued to stare at me and 'huff'. I knew that there was a young deer nearby, and 'mama' was giving a warning. I later told my dad that I wish the 'huff' would have meant she was calling her young'un to her, but he clarified that she was, in fact, telling it to "Stay PUT!" Bummer.

P.S. When Hubs saw this photo, he commented that it looked like she was pointing, like a bird dog would do... tail straight, leg up. I agree, and I think that 'pointing' me out is exactly what she was doing!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

15 Ways To Promote Your Photography

1. Blog - A blog not only gives you a chance to display your photos, but it also provides an opportunity to share the techniques used and the story behind the photo.

2. Website - If you want to sell any of your photos, a website with shopping cart provides a place for people to view your product and make a purchase with ease and convenience.

3. Facebook - Facebook provides the opportunity to create business pages which can be used to promote your photos and your other sites.

4. Flickr - Flickr is a popular social photography sharing site, which brings photographers and lovers of photography together.

5. Portfolio - Your portfolio is your collection of your very best photos... the photos which clearly define your style. These are the photos you want to show off when someone is interested in what you do.

6. 500px - A quickly growing social photography sharing site, which also gives you sales opportunity and a separate portfolio option.

7. Twitter - Links to your photography and your blog posts reach a large audience when posted on Twitter.

8. Contests - Contests are fun to participate in and also provide networking and learning opportunities.

9. Exhibits - Fairs, Craft Shows, Benefits - all provide the opportunity to have your photography seen.

10. Gifts - Everyone loves to receive a gift. Prints of your photos, or products with your photos on them will be cherished and also promote word-of-mouth when the recipients 'shows off' their present.

11. Home - Be vain! Print and display your own photography in your home. Not only will you be inspired by your work, but others will inquire about your art.

12. Business Cards - Have some of your photography printed on the back of business cards. Moo.com provides beautiful, quality options to display your photos and your contact information.

13. Cards - Greeting cards, Thank You cards, Note Cards - Show off your own photography when sending that sentiment to someone. Don't forget to put your links on the cards!

14. Other Blogs/Memes - Many other blogs have themed memes, wherein you make a post, following that theme, and go back and link to your post on the hosts blog.

15. Communities - There are photography groups and clubs online and offline. This is a place to network with others about your passion and to share your work.

What are your favorite ways to promote your photography?
Do you have any ideas I've missed?
I'd love to hear your ideas and will do a follow-up post containing the ideas you've pointed out which I missed.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Vernonia Baldwinii... Ya Know Her?

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Well, I love flowers, especially wildflowers... and I love purple (really love purple)... so it's no wonder I LOVE these purple wildflowers. :-) Ironweed is the common name for Vernonia Baldwinii. Kinda sounds like a lady's name, huh? Ms. Baldwinii, but you may call me Vernonia. hehe... sorry, I'll stop now. Hey, lighten up... we're looking at flowers. Besides... we're looking at PURPLE flowers! It just doesn't get any better.

Now, go strolling through your fields looking for wild flowers (then you won't need auto collision estimating software), and then post your photos and join in Today's Flowers by clicking on the badge below. All the beautiful flowers are sure to make you smile. :-D


Catchin Any?

(c) Misty DawnS

I seem to be taking a lot of photos of frogs lately. It's hard to resist when they stick their cute little heads out of the water and smile at me while I'm sitting there holding my fishing pole. I half expect one of them to pop up and ask "Nice day! Havin' any luck?" Don't worry - that hasn't happened yet, and I'll be sure to let you know when it does. ;-)



Dandelion Dreams

(c) Misty DawnS

Apparently I have a thing for taking photographs of dandelions, which have gone to seed. My photo files are full of such photos... close-up, abstract macros... photos of a seed or two getting ready to blow away... photos of the full dandelion... Yep, apparently I am drawn to photograph them.

Lately, I've been in an introspective type mood and have even signed up for a couple classes to spark my creativity, discover my niche or style, and try to expand on my talents and my spirit. In fact, I've got the box cutters ready to open the shipment the mailman should be delivering soon. I ordered some printer paper, this book, this book, and a journal for one of the classes. The journal has a dragonfly on it (go figure, huh?) and says, "What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us." Pretty appropriate for what I want to gain from these courses. I'll let ya know how it goes.

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Friday, September 2, 2011

Work Walking Stick ~ Camera-Critters #178

So, I was sitting in my office one morning, and one of my co-workers approaches my doorway, sees I'm on the phone, and, obviously disappointed, turns and walks away. Since I was already in the process of ending the phone call, I hung up, and went to see what she needed.


I guess I should no longer be surprised when my co-workers seek me out to tell me there's a critter waiting for me to photograph it...

This time...
a Walking Stick
was hanging out on the window
waiting for me.
Looks like he's advertising for the University, huh?
(c) Misty DawnS

The critter and I took time to pose together.
See me?
(c) Misty DawnS

Apparently, this Walking Stick just wanted to check its reflection.
Maybe it was concerned it was having a bad hair day?
(c) Misty DawnS

Oh yes, I'm looking rather dapper today.
 
(c) Misty DawnS

Now that I know I look O.K.
I can go on my way, and uhhhhh
perhaps find a place where....
I fit in a bit better.
Not many trees here on this helipad!
(c) Misty DawnS



(Thanks for the suggestion Kay)

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Froggy Friday

(c) Misty DawnS

Sometimes,
in the hectic world called "life",
ya just end up feeling like
a lonely frog in a big pond.
But, I'm here to tell ya...
"HEY, Smile! It's Friday!"


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